She was ill in the days leading up to the most important competition in her life.
In the past week, her temperature had hit 39 deg C and she battled body aches and a sore throat, all while rehearsing for The New Paper New Face 2013 finals.
But worry turned to relief yesterday.
Noelle Woon was a picture of health as she was crowned.
Standing at 1.77m and weighing 65kg, the exotic and leggy African-Chinese beauty was a shoo-in for first place.
Noelle, who also took home the Miss Levi’s title, walked away with a cool prize of $10,000 and a feature in local women’s magazine Her World.
The 16-year-old CHIJ St. Theresa’s Convent student was truly shocked at her win.
When her name was announced at the finals at Takashimaya Square last night, her jaw dropped before she did a little jump of excitement.
“The first thought that ran through my head was ‘Oh my God, Noelle is my name... I won’,” she told The New Paper at the end of the two-hour event, presented by Subaru MotorImage and co-sponsored by Levi’s and New Look.
She thought it was her happy-go-lucky nature and stage presence that gave her an edge over the other contestants.
Jade Rasif, 19 and Tan Ying Yi ,17, came in second and third respectively.
Here are just some of the pictures from the finals.
The article related to these pictures was first published in The New Paper on October 4 2013.